Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
2020 Review - Part 5
Peter Clark
2020 Review - Part 4
Still Flying High
Your Feedback
2020 Review - Part 3
Harold MacNaughton
Your Feedback
Olle Nygren
2020 Review - Part 2
Your Feedback
2020 Review - Part 1
Your Feedback
Debut: Joe Screen
Plus Points
Your Feedback
Review: Blood & Cinders
Your Feedback
Tai Deserves a Gong
The J.A.P is Modern Art
Plus Points
Your Feedback
Snapshots of Yesteryear
Snapshots of Yesteryear
Snapshots of Yesteryear
Plus Points
Your Feedback
The Polish Problem
Mauger, Nielsen. World Finals.
Plus Points
Your Feedback
Simon Wigg Racing Plus!
Review: Saving Speedway
Great Races of the 70s/80s
The BLRC 1984
Plus Points
Your Feedback
Book Review: Dave Jessup
The BLRC 1983
Leif "Basse" Hveem
Your Feedback
When Did it Start to Decline?
The BLRC 1982
Tracking Down the Swagman
Your Feedback
Review: Before Air Fences
Your Feedback
Review: Who Gates Wins
The BLRC 1980
Owlerton in the Sixties
Plus Points
Your Feedback
Doyle's Triple Crown
The BLRC 1979
Your Feedback
New Cross Album 1936
The BLRC 1978
Your Feedback
Sheffield 60s & 70s
The BLRC 1977
John Pilblad
Your Feedback

New Zealand and the World Team Cup 1983
By Tracy Holmes

ALAN MASON from Christchurch joins the team as reserve, enjoying his time with 1st Division Sheffield. The song remained the same for the first round; KIWIS V Poms V Ockers V Yanks, with 1st & 2nd off to the Intercontinental Final at Wimbledon the next month. Things changed from there but right now, it was all on at Reading, Sunday May 15. Could TREVOR REDMOND see his boys do any better than the 8 point returns of the previous two years? It was time for fun in the sun;


Heat 1. MAUGER, Carter, Schwartz, Regeling.
2. Sigalos, Collins, Titman, BARGH.
3. ROSS, K.Moran, Crump, Morton.
4. Sanders, S.Moran, SHIRRA, Wigg.
5. Sigalos, ROSS, Regeling. Jessup inj. nf
6. SHIRRA, Schwartz, Morton, Titman.
7. S.Moran, MAUGER, Collins, Crump.
8. Carter, K.Moran, Sanders, BARGH.
9. K.Moran, SHIRRA, Collins, Regeling.
10. S.Moran, Carter, ROSS, Titman.
11. Wigg, Schwartz, Crump, BARGH.
12. Sigalos, Morton, Sanders, MAUGER.
13. Wigg, K.Moran, Titman, MAUGER.
14. Morton, S.Moran, BARGH, Hunter.
15. Sigalos, SHIRRA, Carter, Crump.
16. Collins, Schwartz, Sanders, ROSS.


1st USA 38
Dennis Sigalos. 3 3 3 3 12
Shawn Moran. 2 3 3 2 10
Kelly Moran. 2 2 3 2 9
Bobby Schwartz. 1 2 2 2 7
res Lance King. dnr

2nd England 27
Kenny Carter 2 3 2 1 8
Peter Collins 2 1 1 3 7
Simon Wigg 0 - 3 3 6
Chris Morton 0 1 2 3 6
res Dave Jessup - ret - - 0

MITCH SHIRRA 1 3 2 2 8
LARRY ROSS 3 2 1 0 6
IVAN MAUGER 3 2 0 0 5
DAVID BARGH 0 0 0 1 1
res ALAN MASON dnr

4th Australia 11
Billy Sanders 3 1 1 1 6
Phil Crump 1 0 1 0 2
John Titman 1 0 0 1 2
Steve Regeling 0 1 0 - 1
res Rod Hunter - - - 0 0


The Yanks, 'Post Penhall' were in a class of their own. England were made to fight for that second place and I don't think even TREVOR REDMOND could have hoped for his sides brilliant first half performance. After ten heats, NEW ZEALAND had 17 points to the Poms 12.

What turned the tide? Two wonderful wins from Wiggy, two disastrous ducks from MAUGER. Morton swinging into top gear and a mass collapse by LARRY ROSS. "The kiwis must be kickin themselves aboot this!" DAVID BARGH perhaps should have taken another two points from the struggling Crump and Titman, but his outriding Rod Hunter salvaged at least one point worth of pride. Australia were already on the back foot with Gary Guglielmi injured and unable to ride.

Heat 16 is a You-tube favourite. The score was England 24 - NZ 20. So it was all about pride. If ROSS could win and Collins was last, it would have put the KIWI side just one point behind England. And this is where Collins rose to the occasion. Sanders makes the gate from ROSS, Collins and Schwartz. The American takes Collins on the first turn. On the second lap, Schwartz takes ROSS also on the first turn and then Collins passes ROSS down the back straight. Then he began to stalk Sanders and Schwartz.

On the last lap, PC was still third but on the very last turn, he rounded the leaders and then on the dash to the chequered flag, split Schwartz and Sanders to win in a photo finish. Breathtaking stuff! Somehow, Sanders goes from a sure 3 points to 1 in a couple of seconds! A disheartened ROSS trailing home last. That race summed up the day for England. That 'British Bulldog' spirit gave an eagle, a Kangaroo and a KIWI, a right old savaging. Schwartz would not have cared less. Sanders and ROSS were rightly humiliated.

It was then over to Wimbledon where Denmark won the Intercontinental Final from the USA putting them both into the August Final. The home team England well and truly done for dinner. But it was not all over for the Poms. A safety net had been put in place. They went to the Continental Final at Abesnberg, West Germany in July, winning from CZ, West Germany and the USSR. The August Grand Final?

1983 World Team Cup Final. Vojens. Denmark.
1st Denmark.
2nd England. Mike Lee, Kenny Carter, Chris Morton, Peter Collins, Dave Jessup.
3rd USA.
4th CZ.

For Sir Ole Olsen, this was his third World Cup Gold medal and World Cup farewell, and it was 'D-day' for the competition. This sparked the era of the 'Main Dane' and the 80's 'Danish Domination'. Hans Nielsen and Erik Gundersen. What IVAN MAUGER and Ole Olsen were to the 70's, these two would be for the 80's. But these two were on the same team!




This article was first published on 19th February 2017

[ Use Mobile Version ]


Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

   Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole